Keystone Heritage Park preserves high desert nature amid urban development

Keystone Heritage Park and Botanical Garden is an unexpected oasis amid the residential development of El Paso’s Upper Valley. It is old land. It sits on what was the ancient settlement of the Mansos tribe alongside Doniphan Drive, part of the historic Camino Real. The 52-acre Keystone Heritage Park is mostly wetlands, with a 2-acre garden that showcases native desert plants

“We have mostly Chihuahuan desert plants, Sonoran desert plants, a few African plants, a few South American plants,” said RubyAnn Gaglio event coordinator for the park. She said everything is desert adaptive to survive on low water and heat.